Pivot Point by Kasie West: 5 of 5 STARS YA Review

Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West. February 2013. Harper Teen. Goodreads.

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.


The more I think about it, the more amazing this book becomes. I read this a few months ago and forgot to review it!

The premise of the book is so unique. Addie lives in a hidden city in America full of people with special abilities. They aren’t wizards or anything but more like epic humans. When Addie has a decision to make she can Search and see the outcome of both options. The cool thing is when she does a Search she thinks she is living through the two options for days or weeks when in reality she’s only sitting in her bedroom for a few minutes or seconds. I don’t know if that made any sense. It’s awesome so just read it yourself to find out.

There was definitely some romance involved that made the story so good. I loved the mentions of Texas, especially Dallas area, and the high school football games. Go team!

Pivot Point is for those who enjoy YA contemporary fiction with a sci-fi twist. There are only two books in the series so go check out Split Second. You’ll love it too.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details
Sexual: mild ( kissing )
Language: none
Violence: mild ( abuse )

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